The NOAA Marine Debris Program Awards Funding to 23 New Projects

Posted Thu, 08/16/2018 - 11:00

Following a highly competitive merit review process, the NOAA Marine Debris Program is pleased to announce the 23 recipients of our 2018 prevention and removal grant awards totaling approximately $2.5 million in federal funds. With each project, federal funding is matched by non-federal contributions, bringing the total investment of these marine debris projects to $5.5 million. These awards will support efforts to address the pervasive national and global problem of marine debris that can impact wildlife, navigation safety, human health, and the economy.

The Marine Debris Program offers nation-wide competitive funding opportunities for community-based projects that prevent the introduction of marine debris into the marine and coastal environment through targeted behavior change, as well as improve ecological resources through the removal of marine debris. Through these opportunities, the Marine Debris Program is proud to support impactful, community-driven, and cost-effective projects.

This year's funded projects include:


Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (MS) - $99,300

Northwest Straits Marine Foundation (WA) - $221,200

Center for Coastal Studies, Inc. (MA) - $128,440

Stockton University (NJ) - $226,299

Town of Beaufort (NC) - $67,889

Ocean Aid 360, Inc. (FL) - $89,295

Hawai’i Wildlife Fund (HI) - $231,660

Makah Indian Tribe of the Makah Indian Reservation (WA) - $50,000

Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association (CA) - $100,553

National Audubon Society, Inc. (ME) - $127,964

Weeks Bay Foundation, Inc. (AL) - $50,000

Partners for Clean Streams, Inc. (OH) - $62,904



Surfrider Foundation, Inc. (OR) $59,093

Eckerd College, Inc. (FL) - $115,124

Coastal States Stewardship Foundation (DC/MD/VA) - $145,607

University of North Carolina at Wilmington (NC) - $131,101

The Ohio State University (OH) - $49,964

Alice Ferguson Foundation Inc. (DC/MD/VA) - $50,000

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (AK) - $99,998

Mississippi State University (MS) - $98,552

University System of New Hampshire (Keene State) (NH) - $72,604

Surfrider Foundation, Inc. (CA) - $150,105

Hawaii Dept. of Land and Natural Resources (HI) - $50,000


For more information on this year’s funded projects, visit the 2018 prevention and removal funding pages on the Marine Debris Program website.

The NOAA Marine Debris Program Awards Funding to 23 New Projects

Posted Thu, 08/16/2018 - 11:00

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steven barkemeyer

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 11:18

Do the grants for removal also include funds for disposal?

Grantees are allowed to use some of their funds for disposal, depending on the project.  We also strongly encourage proposals that integrate innovative and sustainable disposal of the collected debris.  You can learn more about the grant requirements by visiting this page and checking out the Removal Federal Funding Opportunity document. 

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